Colorado Springs, Colo. – Junior Achievement USA announced today the launching of its re-imagined JA It's My Future® program, made possible with a $300,000 gift from Emerson. JA It's My Future offers practical information about preparing for the working world. Students in middle school explore potential careers, discover the four factors to consider in choosing a career, and recognize basic job-hunting tools. Through Emerson's support, the program is now offered as a blended-learning experience, combining in-classroom delivery with digital content.
"You often hear about the ‘middle school slump' where some kids who performed well academically in elementary school start to lose ground in the middle school years," said Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. "We believe engaging kids with career exploration during middle school is one way to help get some of these kids over the slump because they are better able to make the connection between what they learn in school and how it will benefit them in the future. Thanks to Emerson's support, this new blended learning approach will make this content even more engaging for students."
"We at Emerson are pleased to support the great work of Junior Achievement," said David J. Rabe, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at Emerson. "For many years, Emerson employees have volunteered to work with countless JA students. Our support of the redevelopment of this program speaks to our ongoing commitment to JA's efforts to change the lives of young people for the better."
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Diane Dang, Assistant Principal
"I saw the passion in their learning, & how it changed their lives & thinking of the world around them. I love JA!!!"
Finance Park Student
"Before JA Finance Park this stuff seemed impossible. Now it (financial independence) is in reach."
JA Finance Park Volunteer
"[The benefit of participating was] knowing I’m providing a better understanding of what adult life will be like."
Jay Calhoun, JA Alumni & JA Tulsa Board Member
"JA provided a solid foundation in leadership, economics and entrepreneurship as tools to achieve my goals."
"Junior Achievement taught me that everyone can be successful if you really work hard."